Jayde Adams

Jayde Adams

Date of birth: 26-11-1984
Winner of the 2014 Funny Women Award. Her debut Edinburgh Fringe hour Jayde 31 was nominated for best newcomer in 2016, while 2019 show The Ballad of Kylie Jenner’s Old Face was filmed and released on Amazon Prime as Serious Black Jumper.
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ITV drops Ruby Speaking and Count Abdulla

No second series for sitcoms

ITV has dropped its sitcoms Ruby Speaking and Count Abdulla.

The broadcaster has confirmed that neither show will be returning for a second series, having been launched on their ITVX streaming service last year.

They were among a batch of comedies that marked the channel’s move back into the genre. 

Last month it was revealed that Katherine Parkinson and Youssef Kerkour comedy Significant Other,which was also released at the same time, was not returning. 

However, the fourth of the batch – Alan Carr’s autobiographical sitcom Changing Ends – will be retuning for a second series this summer, along with Piglets, a new comedy set in a police training college from the Green Wing team, and a batch of live specials from the Edinburgh Fringe.

Ruby Speaking, written by Abigail Wilson, starred Jayde Adams as an irreverent member of a call centre team in Bristol and co-starred Katherine Kelly, Sam Swainsbury, Joe Sims, Jamal Franklin, Nicky Goldie, Amy-Leigh Hickman, Dan Hiscox, Kiera Lester, Andrew Francis and Rebecca Lock.

 Count Abdulla, written by Kaamil Shah, starred Arian Nik as Abdulla Khan, a British-Pakistani Muslim doctor stuck in an identity crisis, caught between his religious mother and his secular, hedonistic friend, when he is bitten by a vampire (Jaime Winstone)

A spokesperson for ITV told Chortle: ‘Count Abdulla & Ruby Speaking sadly won't be returning for a second series, we'd like to thank the cast and crew for all their hard work in bringing these shows to our screens.’

Generally, comedy is proving a success for the ITVX platform with the number of hours streamed increasing by 80 per cent year-on-year. 

Both series are still available on ITVX.

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Published: 2 May 2024

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Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2012

Jayde Adams is Master of None

Edinburgh Fringe 2015

Jayde Adams' Kahuzzi!

Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Jayde Adams: 31

Edinburgh Fringe 2017

Jayde Adams is Jayded

Edinburgh Fringe 2018

Jayde Adams: The Divine Ms Jayde

Edinburgh Fringe 2022

Jayde Adams: Men, I Can Save You


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